I'm getting excited. Why, you ask? Simple: it's time for the Olympics. I'm a junky. What's strange about this addiction is the fact that I generally don't like to watch sports on TV.
I have a lot of positive memories when it comes to the Games.
In 1984, the Summer Olympics were in my own backyard. And, both of my boys were born during the Summer Olympics (P2 on July 20 and P4 on Aug. 2). So...with both, I have very happy memories of sitting up late and snuggling them while watching the less popular sports at three in the morning.
Beyond that, though, I find the Olympics to give a peak as to what's best about humanity. The athletes compete against other athletes without race, religion, or politics getting in the way. You don't see the participants as Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, etc.,. Instead, you see gymnasts, swimmers, runners, etc.,. I like that. I'm not saying that the Olympics are without controversy: I know they're not! China was not my pick for the 2008 games and I have to wonder what the IOC was thinking. But, I won't watch the games to give China kudos. I watch them to cheer on my favorite athletes and, I confess, the American team members. And, while nothing is hokier than an Opening or Closing Ceremony, you'll find me glued to the television during both.
This Olympic obsession has been around since the 1980 Moscow games. I was in Kindergarten for the 1980 Games and remember going to a McDonalds and getting a glass with an Olympic runner. I remember hearing that America was going to boycott because of the games being in Russia. That was probably my first lesson in international politics. But, even at that young age, I knew that the decision to boycott would take away the moment that some people had trained years for and I was sad. Perhaps that's why I'm excited for those about to have their moment?
Anyway...in other news, I got an e-mail that I have to post here. Any and all snark, or ass-whoopin', is welcome and encouraged. In fact,... maybe I'll award medals? *wink*
"Y don't u talk about any thing worth any talk. U are stupid
& no of us who glorify God care bout u or your buddys being fanatics against
the truth god gave u. Y do u care about what we says in the
papers. U like the enemy of the catholic faith in Minnesoeta. He is
so good a teacher u say that is he is not good enuff for a real
university. I bet you are in foolish dawkin. The grate powers of
atheism will fall like i see. u god haters should give it up. are u
going to tell god u did not want him. u will pray for mercy when u
get reviewed by gods measure. his ruler is unbending for u
people. U can tell me there no god when u sell the blog in as many
copys of the BIBLE. we know what we do with witches in gods order. U
owe me a sorry for the lies u tell about christians. i dont care tho. f***
ROFLOL. I'd respond if I thought he/she could handle the big words...